[Free eBook] 3 issues of Dreamworks [Academic Literary, Poetry, & Science Journal]

Three back issues of Dreamworks: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, a Pushcart Prize-winning academic literary journal edited by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, & Marsha Kinder, a film scholar and Professor of Critical Studies at the University of California, are free for a limited time, courtesy of reprint publisher Story Merchant Books.

These were originally published in the 1980s, and the journal was devoted to bringing together both scientific and artistic viewpoints as it drew upon anthropology, psychology, neurophysiology, and culture and literature to explores dreams and the process of dreaming, which gained contributions from famous filmmakers, authors, and poets including Frederico Fellini, William S. Burroughs, and many more, with a special theme for each issue.

The issues being offered are as follows (available worldwide at Amazon):

If you’re interested, you can also read a retrospective write-up about the journal over at co-editor Kinder’s website.

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[Free eBook] Intervention by Mia Kerick [YA LGBT Contemporary Romance]

Intervention by Mia Kerick is a standalone m/m contemporary romance novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.

This is being made free to help promote the author’s newly released novel, My Crunchy Life, a YA LGBT romance starring a trans heroine.

The story stars a free-spirited high school student who falls for a co-worker at the college campus café where he performs as a musician, only to be stymied by his crush’s history of sexual abuse, which he attempts to stage an intervention to help him overcome.

Offered worldwide through July 10th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Girls Like Us by Gail Giles & The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge [Young Adult COA Novel & Refugee Memoir]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of friendships between women overlooked by society and finding their own path through life, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, are as follows:

  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles, is a Schneider Family Book Award-winning young adult contemporary/literary fiction coming-of-age novel about two special ed teens with very different personalities, thrown together by circumstance as they make their way in the grown-up world; read by Lauren Ezzo, from Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing, available worldwide
  • The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge, a biographical memoir of two women starting over, one a breast cancer survivor moving to Oregon, another a Somalian refugee struggling to raise her five daughters in an unfamiliar culture with little help, as they meet and forge a lasting friendship; read by Kirsten Potter, from Oasis Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Julanar the Lioness by John Cleve (aka Andrew J. Offutt) [Vintage Erotic Historical Adventure]

Julanar the Lioness by John Cleve, a pseudonym for the late Andrew J. Offutt, a prolific sf/fantasy author who also had a decades-long career writing erotica, is the 3rd novel in the The Crusader series of medieval historical f/m erotic adventure romps, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press (who also reprint his sf/fantasy which they’ve previously given away a few titles of).

This was originally published in 1975 by Grove Press, and at the time of writing (circa the 1970s), the explicit content and sex scenes were racier than what was generally available, though would probably be considered tame today compared to the average steamy romance.

The series is set during the late 12th century’s Third Crusade under the leadership of Richard the Lionheart, starring a young man who rises from humble peasant origins to becoming a warrior, with plenty of exciting battles and erotic encounters along the way. This installment sees him held captive by a group of warrior women led by the fiercely beautiful Julanar, engaging in duels with both body and blade as he attempts to find an escape for himself and his slave girl companion.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts [Vintage 1920s Mystery]

The Cask by the late Irish author Freeman Wills Crofts, who was a prominent member of the Detection Club alongside fellow golden age mystery authors Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers and wrote novels which are considered precursors to the modern style of police procedural, is a vintage standalone detective mystery, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1920 by Collins, and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage mystery/crime and pulp fiction reprints.

The story stars a Scotland Yard detective on the case of a mysterious cask found at the shipping yard, which was supposed to contain a statue, but instead held a dead body under a pile of gold coins, and has now vanished, leaving him to follow the trail and piece together clues towards the murdered woman’s identity and her killer’s.

Offered worldwide through July 9th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova [YA Mermaid Urban Fantasy]

The Vicious Deep by Ecuadoran-born author Zoraida Cordova is the 1st novel in the The Vicious Deep trilogy of young adult paranormal urban fantasy with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

This is apparently being made free to help promote her other series, Brooklyn Brujas, whose 2nd novel Bruja Born was released just last month. The series takes place near Coney Island, New York, starring a boy who gradually claims his secret heritage among the denizens of the sea as an ancient battle comes to the fore, placing him in conflict between duty, friendship, and love.

This installment sees him mysteriously disappearing at sea, only to return haunted with disturbing dreams and strange new abilities as he uncovers his true position in a hidden world, with the help of his best friend.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros [YA Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller]

Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros is a prequel novella in the Assassin Fall series of YA dystopian science fiction mystery/suspense thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.

This is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Project Prometheus, due in August. The series is centred around the premise that vulnerable teens in foster care are being kidnapped and brainwashed to be used as assassins by a mysterious organization which they must gradually uncover the truth about even as they try to shut it down.

This prequel tells the backstory of one such teen assassin who initially embraces his training, as he comes into conflict with the goals of the program when another assassin he’s fallen for tries to escape.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle [Romantic Suspense]

Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle is the 1st novel in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series of f/m contemporary romantic suspense, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

This is apparently being offered to help promote the upcoming release of the 4th novel, Through the Fire, due in August. The series takes place in Colorado, and stars the members of a law enforcement dog-handling squad.

This story is centred around a cop in the midst of mourning for his old K9 partner, who must adjust to working with a new dog while protecting a woman and her young siblings on the run from their dangerous old lives.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle [Romantic Suspense]

Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle is the 1st novel in her Search & Rescue series of f/m contemporary professional action romantic suspense, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks.

This is B&N’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend.

The series is a workplace romantic suspense set amongst an ice-dive rescue team in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This installment stars a newly-arrived team member who becomes the target of a ruthless killer after she and the team captain discover a body during a training exercise.

Offered in most regions worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Thubway Tham Goes to the Races by Johnston McCulley [Vintage Pulp Crime Mystery]

Thubway Tham Goes to the Races by the late Johnston McCulley, a novelist and screenplay writer who created the iconic character Zorro, is the self-contained short story in the Thubway Tham series of vintage pulp mystery/crime adventure thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1921 in Detective Story Magazine under the title “Thubway Tham Goeth To The Ratheth”, and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage pulp/mystery reprints.

The series stars a good-hearted trickster pickpocket with a lisp, who works in the subways of New York and often targets deserving criminals while attempting to outwit the cops assigned to his case. This adventure sees him taking refuge at a horseracing track while eluding Detective Craddock, and teaching a lesson to the swindlers he finds there.

Offered worldwide through July 2nd (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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